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If you know me, you know that I’m never short of an opinion. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why I enjoy blogging so much. Even from my first days online when I hosted my own Bulletin Board System (anyone remember Essex Wildcat!), I always enjoyed a good discussion or debate.
But, in the blogging world, I’ve generally taken a hands-off approach to my own blog. My logic is that I’ve blogged and tried to put my thoughts on the line and open it up for people to agree or disagree and follow up as they see fit.
Yesterday, I read this article entitled “5 Reasons Why You Should Answer Your Readers’ Comments“. It got me thinking. Have I taken the wrong approach? I’m trying to get my head around the issue. It really came to a head when I got a Twitter message from a friend letting me know that she had replied to my blog. Is that a wakeup call that she didn’t think that I read my blog after the original post? (Nothing is further from the truth; replies are in fact emailed to me…)
So, here’s my thinking…
- Get in there and participate;
- Continue the discussion;
- Let people know that their comment was acknowledged and valued;
- Take the original idea in new directions;
- The post and its replies are a community discussion that I need to be part of;
- It might attract more readers.
- You’ve made your point in the original post;
- If your post was any good, it shouldn’t need further clarification;
- It can be annoying to have every other comment from you;
- Replies are typically shorter than the original post and may not be as effective;
- The post is about me – the replies are about the readers.
It’s a concept where I can clearly see both sides of the fence. If you’re a blogger or a blog reader, where do you stand? Where should I go with this?